Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine
My practice in Sydney focuses on helping others to take control of their health and reclaim their power. Since experiencing my own healing through wholistic medicine I am driven to provide the same opportunity for my clients.
Whether you’re experiencing digestive disorders such as IBS, anxiety, depression, PCOS, thyroid disorders, autoimmunity, cardiovascular issues, I am here to support your path towards health and wellness by getting to the root cause.
I treat each person as unique and individual. I work in a kind and respectful way, taking into account the sensitive concerns that people may have with their health. I take the time to listen to each client’s history and evaluate the interactions between genetic, environmental, biochemical, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle factors that influence human health and disease. This holistic assessment approach allows me to provide integrative and individualised treatment plans that move towards good health, rather than simply disease management.
Whilst I see a variety of presentations in clinic I have a special interest in mental health, addiction and stress physiology. With depression being one of the leading disabilities worldwide and chronic stress and anxiety plaguing millions of people, now more than ever we need to alleviate the burden of these national health priority areas by treating the whole person and addressing all underlying factors.
Steven is trained in a wide variety of health issues, including but not limited to:
Many women experience symptoms such as overwhelm and exhaustion, debilitating period pain, stubborn weight gain or PMS only to be told that there is nothing wrong with them, despite standard blood testing by their GP.
This is a common scenario in my clinical experience where women are trying to get answers to the root cause of their hormonal imbalances and are looking for health plans tailored to their unique presentation that do not cause side effects and are realistic long-term solutions.
Some common signs of hormonal imbalance include:
- Disturbed sleep or insomnia
- Low libido
- Heavy periods
- Irregular or absent period
- Chronic and debilitating period pain
- Sluggish metabolism
- Hot flushes & night sweats
Many men put pressure on themselves by denying that they have any kind of physical or mental health problem and thus put off getting help. I encourage men to be proactive and seek advice for their health and wellbeing, especially since Australian men are at a much higher risk of developing chronic diseases and have a lower life expectancy than women.
You don’t have to be ‘unwell’ to seek support, there is so much that wholistic medicine can do to enhance performance and cognition, hormonal balance, energy levels and overall wellbeing.
Some of the issues that men might want to make an appointment for:
- Mental health
- Prostate issues
- Stress and fatigue
- Cardiovascular disease
- Digestive issues
- Weight loss
- Male fertility
Digestive Disorders and Gut Health
According to the Gut Foundation of Australia, half the population experiences some sort of digestive problem within a 12-month period. For the many clients I have worked with their gut has become a source of frustration, pain and fatigue. They have accepted it as their normal and mostly have suffered unnecessarily or taken medication to treat the symptoms.
Having good digestive function and a healthy gut microbiome is absolutely essential for optimising overall wellbeing and healing from chronic health issues. Everything comes back to the gut and naturopathic medicine is at the forefront of properly treating digestive issues.
You may be experiencing uncomfortable daily symptoms such as:
- Indigestion, bloating, excessive gas
- Abdominal cramping
- Food intolerances & allergies
- Having to regularly cancel social events
- Unsure of what to eat anymore
- Decreased stress tolerance & anxiety
These may be due to:
- Dysbiosis (imbalance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ microflora in the gut ecosystem)
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Intestinal Permeability (‘leaky gut’)
- Thyroid issues
- Medication side effects (e.g. antibiotics, antacids)
- Lack of hydrochloric acid or digestive enzymes
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Chronic unresolved stress
Stress, Anxiety, Depression
20% of Australians aged 16-85 experience mental illness, most commonly presenting as anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
Depression is the number one cause of non-fatal disability in Australia (24%). Mental health is clearly a priority health area. Many people are offered medications as their only option. Whilst medications may be necessary for some, others may seek other means of support in order to improve their mental health.
I regularly meet patients with:
- Constant worry and stress
- Disturbed sleep or insomnia
- Chronic physical and mental fatigue
- Irritability and difficulty concentrating
- Reduced cognition
- Loss of pleasure
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Pain and inflammation
Autoimmune diseases or on the rise in Australia, due to a potential number of factors including genetic predisposition, environmental toxicity, chronic stress, nutrient deficiencies, gastrointestinal problems, heavy metal toxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction. It is a widespread issue that needs a multi-faceted approach that addresses all of these areas and addresses the root cause.
Examples of autoimmune conditions include:
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Grave’s disease
- Coeliac disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis